I am Lecturer in Political Science. My research follows two broad themes: the effect of policy change on political attitudes, and the impact of economic factors on political outcomes. Currently, I am leading a research project (POLGEN) on authoritarian attitudes among young people in Europe - a part of SOLIKRIS, funded by the German Ministry of Education, and a project on “contagious populism” funded by the University of Surrey. My research has been published in the British Journal of Political Science, Party Politics, the Journal of European Social Policy, Electoral Studies, and Europe and Asia Studies.
University roles and responsibilities
- Director of Postgraduate Research
My research interest include: political behaviour, public opinion, economic voting, political attitudes, survey experiments, Bayesian data analysis
Research Methods (POL2028)
Statistical models for understanding politics: Introduction to econometrics (POL2045)
Electoral System and Voting Behaviour (POL2046)
Research in Practice (POLM011)
Postgraduate research supervision
I am happy to supervise PhD students working in the area of political behaviour. I have a particular interest on applications related to voting, political attitudes, political parties and party systems.
with a dilemma between Responsiveness and Responsibility (RR dilemma). However, Mair did not theorize variation in
how different parties experience the RR dilemma (degrees of tension) and how they manage it (strategies). We develop
his work in three ways: first, we advance variants of the RR dilemma, where the tension party leaders face differs, and
elucidate how viable contenders for executive office are likely to behave in each of these scenarios, and why. Second, we
highlight domestic institutional factors (electoral rules and leadership autonomy) that regulate the pressure for
responsiveness to public opinion and to partisans. Third, we place the RR dilemma in the context of multidimensional
issue competition, which helps identify strategies for managing it. Finally, we provide an empirical illustration of our
arguments using data on public opinion and partisans. We show that although responsibility can be combined with (some)
voters? representation, tension is high when leaders are constrained and partisans oppose responsibility even if the public
endorses it; also, under disproportional electoral rules when the public opposes responsibility, even if party supporters
Lefkofridi, Z., & Nezi, R. (2019). Responsibility versus responsiveness… to Whom? A theory of party behavior. Party Politics, https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1354068819866076.
Busemeyer, M. R., Abrassart, A. & Nezi, R. (2019). Beyond Positive and Negative: New Perspectives on Feedback Effects in Public Opinion on the Welfare State. British Journal of Political Science, 1-26.
Georgiadou, Vasiliki, Anastasia Kafe, Roula Nezi, and Costis Pieridis. “Plebiscitarian Spirit in the Square. Key Characteristics of the Greek Indignants.” International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society online first. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10767-017-9272-8.
Marius Busemeyer, Julian Garritzmann, Erik Neimanns, Roula Nezi. ” Investing in education in Europe: Evidence from a new survey of public opinion.” Journal of European Social Policy online first. doi: 10.1177/0958928717700562.
Gemenis, Kostas and Nezi, Roula. Government-opposition dynamics during the economic crisis in Greece. Journal of Legislative Studies 21: 14-34.
Nezi, Roula, and Alexia Katsanidou. “From valence to position: Economic voting in extraordinary conditions.” Acta Politica 49.4 : 413-430.
Nezi, Roula “Economic voting under the economic crisis: evidence from Greece”, Electoral Studies, in press http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2012.02.007
Nezi Roula, Dimitris Sotiropoulos and Panayota Toka “Attitudes of Greek parliamentarians towards European and national identity, representation and scope of governance, “South European Society and Politics 15(1): 79-96.
Nezi Roula, Dimitris Sotiropoulos and Panayota Toka “Party affiliation, “left-right” self-placement or country origin? Explaining the attitudes of parliamentarians towards European Integration in Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia,” Europe-Asia Studies 61(6): 1003-1020.
Who abstains and why: an analysis of the 2010 Greek local election”, Journal of Political and Moral Theory, Issue 27: 25-54 (in Greek, with A. Kafe and C. Pieridis).
Explaining the attitudes of Greek parliamentary and business elites towards the European Union”, Greek Political Science Review, Issue 32: 25-41 (in Greek, with D. Sotiropoulos and P. Toka).